Friday, August 15, 2014


Drew Gordon:  3/4 with 2 steals (54 for season) while hitting .291.  What a season.  Gordon will lead the majors in steals this season and by a solid margin.  We all knew he was fully capable of swiping a ton of bags but getting on first base was always the problem.  Gordon has shortened his swing which has made all the difference in the world.  A sure fire top five shortstop is the result.

JD Martinez:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .304.  The average is plummeting which was completely expected given that Martinez is only a .260 guy.  He really has found consistency with his power swing which had been burgeoning with the Astros.  Hitting in a cushy spot behind Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera surely helps.

Francisco Liriano:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.78.  Liriano has looked like the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates version of himself since coming off the DL.  Which of course was long after he was cut by his first half owners who joined the very large chorus of disgusted former Liriano owners.

Max Scherzer:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 14 K with an ERA of 2.98.  To think that if Scherzer didn't have that four-start blip of struggle in June, another Cy Young would have been likely.  Wow is he primed for a major score as a free agent.  Imagine if Scherzer goes to the NL.

Mike Fiers:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 14 K with an ERA of 1.29.  One of those starts where you think someone skipped you a drug in your water bottle when looking at.  Fiers has been useful a few times in the past and for some strange reason induces a ton of strikeouts despite not being able to throw 90.  Obviously you pick him up and ask questions later, especially after a start like this.

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .252.  In actuality Davis has been a sleeper made good.  You have to ignore the average as he was never going to bat .280 with the type of holes in his swing that Davis has.  Instead the power has been advertise which is nothing to look past in today's game due to its scarcity overall this season.

Adam LaRoche:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .273.  That is now 4 home runs for yours truly since picking up LaRoche on waivers in order to take advantage of his annual second run power derby. 

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .255.  Yeah Harper has gotten hot lately but it is beyond too little too late considering the investment price.  Now a bun for the second year in a row, we truly have to wonder if Harper will be a solid player or the star that was always expected out him,.  For one he can't stay healthy.  Two he is losing interest in steals.  Three the holes in his swing are pronounced which lead to a ton of K's and a horrid average.  That is a lot of issues which need to be worked out.

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.52.  The point of this tiny Strasburg blurb is not to discredit his awesome strikeout ability.  Instead I will take the opportunity to continually point out how Strasburg overall is overrated.  His drat slot and expectations are of a power ace each year since he came into the league.  Well sorry but I can't endorse someone as an ace with a 3.52 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.  Does Clayton Kershaw have ratios like that?  How about even Cole Hamels?  Enough said. 

Ryan Ludwick:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .259.  Ludwick is there on the wire for his second half power bat.  Solid player.  Always has been.  Elicits major yawn when adding to lineup.  Only on an as needed basis.

Alfredo Simon:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.28.  Finally we reached the oxygen deprivation point of the season with Simon.  It was a fun and totally unexpected ride while it lasted. 

Evan Longoria:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .253.  Can't deny the fact hat Longoria as a whole has been a dud.  You wonder if all those years of injuries took their tool on his pop.  That could be a plausible explanation right David Wright?

Rougned Odor:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .259.  I want to go out and get myself a new puppy so I can name him Rougned.  This is about the only appeal the guy holds for me.

Jake Odorizzi:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.82.  Now has 146 K's in 129.2 innings.  Somewhere Corey Kluber smiles.  And Tyson Ross also.


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